An Army veteran and manager of a CVS recently foiled an attempted robbery and possibly saved lives. Sounds like the actions of a hero, right?
Not according to CVS, who promptly fired Joe Morici on Friday for confronting two robbers because his actions violated the company’s policies against approaching and apprehending suspected criminals.
Morici said he feared for the safety of his customers and co-workers as he pursued the suspects to the front door where one of them attacked him with a large screwdriver.
“He tried to hit me again with the screwdriver. I disarmed him of the screwdriver, while having the other guy pinned against the one door,” the Veteran said.
Morici said he managed to retrieve most, if not all, of the stolen drugs during the scuffle. However, the suspects got away.
CVS released a statement stating their customer and employee safety is their “highest priority” and added they “do not comment on specific security policies as we do not want to undermine them.” Due to employment privacy policies, they claimed they were unable to comment on Morici’s situation.
Regardless, CVS should be ashamed for firing Morici, who possibly saved lives that night. Instead of calling attention to his heroic actions and thanking him for standing up to these thugs, they let him go.
This is what’s wrong with America — fear of lawsuits and a distaste for individuals taking responsibility for their own safety and that of those around them has permeated our culture, leading to cowardice — and CVS not standing behind this hero proves it.
Customers and employees now know CVS’ strict policies might actually cause them harm should thugs looking for trouble come their way. It might be time to start looking for a safer place to shop.